I made a commitment to start riding my bicycle again regularly as soon as I got my new wheel for my bike last month and I didn’t start riding as regular as I had liked because I was too out of shape from not riding for a few years. I went out with a friend a total of 3 times in the last month and it just isn’t enough so I have made that commitment again but as a solo act.
When I was riding with the friend I was riding with, I didn’t feel like I was getting anything out of the experience. First of all, she was riding so slow, which I can’t blame her because she is more out of shape than I am, but it was too slow for me. I wasn’t even breaking a sweat. I came home with a dry t-shirt every time. If I don’t come home with a soaked shirt then I know I didn’t try.
Summer is coming and this week is supposed to be in the mid 90’s which means bike riding is not going to be very pleasant during the day. If I wake up at 5:30am and leave at 6am then I can get out on the bike trail and hopefully be back by 8 or 8:30am before the city starts to heat up too much.
Last night I set the alarm on my cell phone for 5:30am and I got up just as I wanted to and got ready to go and yes, I did go. My bicycle computer isn’t registering so I can’t say how many miles I rode or how long or calories burned or anything. All I can say is I rode my ass off and my thighs are in pain to prove it.
When I came home and took off my camelbak then took off my t-shirt I knew I did a good job because the back of my shirt was completely soaked. I feel like I was beyond productive and I’m very satisfied with the solo ride. I don’t think I will be riding with anyone anymore unless they can keep up with me and go my route instead of wanting to take shortcuts.
My new schedule will be 5 days a week from 6am to 8-8:30am. I can’t make any promises on how much weight I may or may not lose but I can promise that I will do my best.